I am about to start Effexor for panic attacks and agoraphobia. I have read some really terrifying reviews about going through the withdrawal if you are late taking a pill, or trying to get off the drug, which seems to defeat the whole purpose of getting rid of panic attacks. I am starting at a very low dose and ramping up. Has anyone here been successfully treated for panic attacks using this drug? and then gotten off the drug successfully?
Does Effexor work for panic attacks?
Was on it for deppresion and anxiety was on 300mg then reduced it to 150mg and then quit all together and it was hell. The withdrawls are severe don't know if they could have been fatal but sure felt like they could have been. Doctor wouldn't return my call so I made the assumption that it could not be fatal. Told by a friend who is on effexor now that yes it could have been. If you do not suffer from panic attacks often, through experience I would suggest the occasional benzodiazapine (Valium, Lorazapam) taken when you feel the panic begining they have pills that desolve under your tounge and work quickly. Hope this helps. Best to ask your doctor.
Hi, I guess this question was asked a while ago but I figured I'd throw in my 2 cents in case it's of use to anyone else. I personally suffer from anxiety panic attacks and related depression and was at the point where I didn't think anyone could help me and effexor really did work for me. Its been about 3 years now I have been all the way up to 225mg and then down to 150 today is actually my first day at 75. I am really sick of being on it now I feel like I'm apathetic towards everything, my sex drive has plummeted and I have put on about 30kg... I really don't know what I can attribute to the pills but yea I feel like I want to continue living again. Looking back on it now I think going on effexor was really a massive relief but I think there should be more of a plan on what to do once u start down that path cause I think you just get given the pills and left to your own devices. Also I know myself if I miss my pill one day by the next morning I feel like death (dizzy, naushious, crying for no reason) so I really recommend taking ur pill at a regular time every day and if u feel the urge to stop see ur doc and step down gradually. I'm thinking of spending a month or two on 75 then going down to 32.5 for a while.
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